Carlos Acosta was born in Cuba in 1973. He started dancing when he was nine. From 1989 to 1991 Carlos performed throughout the world guesting with many companies including the Compagnia Teatro Nuovo di Torino in Italy. Soon afterwards, he was made a member of the National Ballet of Cuba rising to Principal Dancer in 1994. It was in 1993 that he made his American stage debut as the Prince in The Nutcracker. Following this, his repertory with the Houston Ballet included Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake and Solor in La Bayadère. In 1998 Carlos joined The Royal Ballet, Covent Garden, under the direction of Anthony Dowell.
Over the years, Carlos has appeared as an international guest artist in the USA, Russia, Holland, Chile, Argentina, Greece, Japan, Italy, Germany and France.
Carlos was featured in The Reluctant Ballet Dancer, a programme in the Imagine series shown on BBC1 presented by Alan Yentob.
His own show about his life in Cuba, Tocororo, has just toured internationally and been received to great acclaim throughout the world.